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Author: DFNS

Defence projects and the economy

By Rob Bourke In response to Australia’s increasingly uncertain strategic outlook, there are now calls to boost defence spending well beyond the current target of 2% of GDP in what’s assumed to be a...

The opportunity for a wellbeing focus in the Pacific

By Luke Kiddle Internationally there has been increased focus on non-GDP indicators of progress, including wellbeing and happiness, both variously defined and measured. The OECD’s How’s life initiative, for example, uses a multidimensional model...

Are we preparing for the right kind of conflict?

By Tom Uren Hugh White’s latest book has stimulated a debate about the defence of Australia and the capabilities and shape of the Australian Defence Force. This is an important discussion to have, not...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state BAE Systems has started construction on HMS Cardiff, the second of Britain’s Type 26 City-class frigates, which are set to replace the current anti-submarine...

Remembering the miracle of 1989

By Carl Bildt This month marks 30 years since Europe—and human civilisation generally—began to undergo a miraculous transformation that is now etched in the world’s memory. By the summer of 1989, the Soviet Union...

Ethical AI for Defence

By Marcus Hellyer The public discourse on artificial intelligence in the military context tends to get messy very quickly. There seems to be an AI variant of Godwin’s law (which holds that as any...

Trying times in Tuvalu

By Stefan Armbruster and Tess Newton Cain “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This...

Soft power’s hard edge

By Dom Dwyer I’ve just returned from the frontline of Australia’s soft power engagement in Asia. The New Colombo Plan that provided this opportunity is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

A new Australian way of war

By Graeme Dobell Australia’s traditional way of war is to send expeditionary forces abroad to fight in a coalition—to secure the continent by fighting far from it. For more than a century, a central...

Kiribati to graduate LDC status ‘with momentum’

By James Webb This series has been about Kiribati’s graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. So far, I have discussed the criteria for graduation, how Kiribati compares to LDC peers, what potential graduation...

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